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Kate is a writer who specialises in works that are bold and fantastical, with an emphasis on themes of moral dilemma, coming-of-age, families and friendship.
Born in Dundee and raised in St Andrews, Kate joined the Byre Theatre Playwriting Group in her teens. At the age of 15, her short play about buddhist monks, The Bee, was performed at the Byre Theatre and Perth Rep Studios. The Bee then won the Scottish Young Playwrights' Festival and was performed at the Old Athaneum together with two other shorts she also wrote.
After school, Kate went to Trinity College Dublin where she gained a First Class BA in Drama and Theatre Studies. During her studies, she was granted a one-year scholarship to the University of California where she took screenwriting classes but primarily specialised in directing. Upon graduation, Kate spent a further year at L'Ecole Jacques LeCoq in Paris and then founded her own small devised theatre company, Eye of the Storm, in Edinburgh. Her show Love: Unrequited was performed at the 2001 fringe to solid four-star reviews.
In 2002, Kate took a short break from theatre to help found Glasgow's The Bridges Programmes, a charity that helps refugees get work. The charity is still going strong today and is an EU Example of Best Practice in the field of refugee integration.
In 2005, Kate moved to London to undertake an MA in Scriptwriting at City University. During this period, her play Alma Pater - about fishing communities in the North-East of Scotland - was performed at the Pleasance Theatre, and her short film Long Live the King - about an NHS drugs rehabilitation programme - was produced by Arts Ed.
Kate was lucky enough to win the 'Write' competition by the Almeida theatre shortly after graduating. Her play, Hanging on by a Thread, about an Irish circus family was performed on the Almeida's main stage over two nights. In 2010, Kate moved back to Scotland and continued writing, completing two further feature-length screenplays.
In 2011, Kate joined the television programme Hollyoaks and quickly became a member of the core writing team. Over 2011 and 2012, she wrote ten episodes of Hollyoaks' main show, including the Boxing Day 2011 special bubble episode. She also wrote video content for the C4 Education online project DocYou. This innovative digital drama aimed to raise awareness about bullying by recreating a social networking site for young Hollyoaks characters. The project gained over a million web hits and was given an RTS North award for Digital Innovation.
In 2013-14, Kate also collaborated with Sweden's SVT to create a new online youth series, Making It, which centres around four girls studying at Central Saint Martins. She has written four episodes of the first series.
Kate's play, Ostrich, was chosen by the Writers' Guild for their Playwrights' Progress Scheme and given a reading at the Leicester Square Theatre in May 2014. She has also been completing a portfolio of three new pieces as part of her Creative Scotland Artists' Bursary.